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“The 1.5 Insurgent Generation: Stories of El Salvador Postwar”

Please join us for a talk by Irina Carlota (Lotti) Silber, Associate Professor of Anthropology, City University of New York:

“The 1.5 Insurgent Generation: Stories of El Salvador Postwar”

Tuesday, October 22nd 2019

Sproul 201, Intercultural Center

4:30-6:00p.m.

Organized by Peace and Conflict Studies and Co-Sponsored by History, Latin American and Latino Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish, the Intercultural Center, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

Please see the poster below for further information.

Irina Silber Talk 2-3

Lou Klarevas, author of “Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings”

Please come join us to  a book event at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 with Lou Klarevas, author of Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings, a deeply researched study in which he argues that sensible gun control measures can help prevent mass shootings.  Dr. Klarevas will speak in the Inn at Swarthmore’s Gathering Room A.  Afterwards, he will move to the Swarthmore Campus & Community Store to sign copies of his books

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Rampage Nation review excerpt:
In the past decade, no individual act of violence has killed more people in the United States than the mass shooting. This well-researched, forcefully argued book answers some of the most pressing questions facing our society: Why do people go on killing sprees? Are gun-free zones magnets for deadly rampages? What can we do to curb the carnage of this disturbing form of firearm violence?Contrary to conventional wisdom, the author shows that gun possession often prods aggrieved, mentally unstable individuals to go on shooting sprees; these attacks largely occur in places where guns are not prohibited by law; and sensible gun-control measures like the federal Assault Weapons Ban-which helped drastically reduce rampage violence when it was in effect-are instrumental to keeping Americans safe from mass shootings in the future.To stem gun massacres, the author proposes several original policy prescriptions, ranging from the enactment of sensible firearm safety reforms to an overhaul of how the justice system investigates potential active-shooter threats and prosecutes violent crimes. Calling attention to the growing problem of mass shootings,Rampage Nationdemonstrates that this unique form of gun violence is more than just a criminal justice offense or public health scourge. It is a threat to American security.
Louis Klarevas, PhD, teaches in the Department of Global Affairs at the University of Massachusetts–Boston. He also serves as a consultant to the federal government on national security matters. A frequent commentator on homeland security and foreign policy, he has appeared on numerous news programs, including on CNN, ABC, NPR, and the BBC. In the past, he has taught at American University, George Washington University, City University of New York, and New York University. In addition, he has served as the Defense Analysis Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Security Studies.

 

We hope to see you all there!

“Declassification Diplomacy in Latin America: The Use of Secret Archives as Diplomatic Tools to Advance US Foreign Policy in the Region,” a talk with Peter Kornbluh, Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive.

Please join us for a talk this week:

“Declassification Diplomacy in Latin America: The Use of Secret Archives as Diplomatic Tools to Advance US Foreign Policy in the Region,” a talk with Peter Kornbluh, Senior Analyst at the National Security Archive.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

4:15 PM at McCabe Library Atrium

Peace and Conflict Studies is co-sponsoring the event along with Latin American and Latino Studies, Political Science, Spanish, and History. Please see the poster below for further information.

Peter Kornbluh

We hope to see you all there!

You’re Invited to an Artistic Journey of Israel/Palestine…

ARTolerance @ Swarthmore Presents:

An Artistic Journey of Israel/Palestine
in celebration of International Day of Peace
Sunday, September 22 at 7:30PM

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ARTolerance will celebrate the International Day of Peace with an evening of music, spoken word, visuals, and more from Israeli & Palestinian cultures.  We hope to introduce aspirations through cultural expressions and provide bridges towards impactful dialogues.

Featuring…

Poet, Nathalie Handal
Singer/Songwriter, Tammy Scheffer
Singer/Songwriter, Fouad Dakwar
Cellist & ARTolerance Founder, Udi Bar-David
Percussionist & Oud player, Zafer Tawil
Pianist, Shira Samuels-Shragg

In collaboration with Swarthmore College’s Department of Music and Dance, Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and The Office of the President of Swarthmore College.

Here is a link for more information:
https://artolerance.org/events/

Israel/Palestine Film Series- Fall 2019

Israel/Palestine Film Series
Fall 2019
Please join us next week for the annual Israel/Palestine Film Series at Swarthmore. There will be screenings for the first six Wednesdays of the semester, and all are free and open to the public (including pizza and refreshments).

All screenings at 4:15PM in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema.
Organized by Peace and Conflict Studies and Sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

2019 film series poster

 

September 4
The Wanted 18  

September 11
The Settlers

September 18
Rock in the Red Zone

September 25
The War Around Us

October 2
Out in the Dark

October 9
The Other Son

“Mother, Daughter, Sister: Amae, Thamee, Ama”; a documentary film on the weaponization of rape in the Myanmar Conflict

The Southeast Asian Student Association will be hosting the film screening of ” Mother, Daughter, Sister: Ama, Thamee, Ama.” This is a documentary on the weaponization of rape in the Myanmar Conflict. The film screening will also include a discussion with director Jeanne Hallacy.  The event is co sponsored by Peace and Conflict Studies as well as Asian Studies. It will take place on Friday, May 3rd.  Please come join us!

Here is a link to the facebook post to learn more information about the event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/385514928965982/

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Reporter Donates Documents on Infamous 1971 FBI Burglary to Swarthmore College Peace Collection

This article was written by the Communications Office
at Swarthmore College.

Here is an additional link to the original article:
https://www.swarthmore.edu/news-events/reporter-donates-documents-infamous-1971-fbi-burglary-to-swarthmore-college-peace?fbclid=IwAR3UXy1x9wmA8uVfXZ-eSNnxa4lkeeAxBWEkObwgHuuY1vEf44DD25BlCnE

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Investigative reporter Betty Medsger, who recently spoke at McCabe Library, donated approximately 70,000 documents used while researching her 2014 book The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI. (Photo courtesy of Delaware County Daily Times)

As recently noted in the Delaware County Daily Times, the Washington Post journalist who was the first to report on files stolen from a Delaware County FBI office almost 50 years ago donated her book research on the topic to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

The collection, housed in McCabe Library, accepted approximately 70,000 documents that investigative reporter Betty Medsger used in writing her 2014 book The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI. The documents include the 35,000 files she received from a Freedom of Information Act request that methodically detailed theillegal surveillance techniques conducted by the FBI to suppress dissenting speech and activities by people and organizations viewed as subversives.

Read more about the operation in the Fall 2014 Swarthmore Bulletin. Related documents are available in the Black Liberation 1969 digitial archive.

“These were the documents that convinced Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Katharine Graham to defy J. Edgar Hoover and Attorney General John Mitchell, and break the story that the FBI was spying on ordinary Americans who had committed no crimes,” says Wendy Chmielewski, George Cooley Curator of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

“The publication of the stolen records from the Media [Pa.] FBI office also directly influenced and encouraged the editor and publisher to go forward with publishing investigations of the well-known cases of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, and in the subsequent two years of investigations over Watergate,” says Chmielewski.

Some of the files detailed ways College staff members were used as informants for the FBI to keep an eye on certain professors or student groups through a program called COINTELPRO, which operated from 1965 to 1971.

“I’m in very good company,” Medsger said at an April 3 event at McCabe Library, noting her work’s inclusion with that of Nobel Prize laureate Jane Addams and documentary filmmaker Anthony Giacchino. “I’m glad my files will have good company and be valuable to people doing research.”

Since its founding in 1930, the Peace Collection has gathered and preserved for scholarly research the materials of people and organizations who have worked for nonviolent social change, disarmament, and conflict resolution between peoples and nations. The collection houses material on a wide variety of subjects, such as the history of the peace movement, pacifism, women and peace, conscientious objection, nonviolence and disarmament, internationalism, and civil disobedience. It also contains a large number of posters, photographs, and memorabilia, including the medal Jane Addams received when she became the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Read more about the donation in the Delaware County Daily Times.

 

Conversation with Max Elbaum, longtime left organizer and author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che.

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Conversation with Max Elbaum, longtime left organizer and author
of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che.
Tuesday April 16th, 7pm
Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
Swarthmore College (free and open to the public).

The third edition of Revolution in the Air was published in 2018 with a new forward by Alicia Garza, one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. Garza writes: “We can use this book as a tool to begin charting a path towards what a vast, vibrant Left can and should look like in the United States.” And Elbaum says: “Today revolutionary sentiments are spreading once again as we face exceptional dangers from the white nationalist-driven Trump presidency. I look forward to working [to] do our best to defeat the racist, sexist and authoritarian right; strengthen mass movements for peace, social justice and a sustainable environment; and make revolutionary politics not just a sentiment filling the air but a powerful political force on the ground.”  Max will give a short-ish talk on his book and its lessons for today’s activists, then open up for a Q&A.

Max Elbaum was a member of Students for a Democratic Society and a leader of one of the main new communist movement organizations. His writings have appeared in the Nation, the US Guardian, CrossRoads, and the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He lives in Oakland.

co-sponsored by the departments of Sociology & Anthropology and Peace & Conflict Studies.  Contact dlauris1@swarthmore.edu.

Anthropology Through Comics: The Making of Lissa, an EthnoGRAPHIC Story

Peace and Conflict Studies is happy to co-sponsor this event!
Anthropology Through Comics: The Making of Lissa, an EthnoGRAPHIC Story
Tuesday, April 9th, 4:15 – 5:45 PM, in Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
 
A guest lecture by Sherine Hamdy, Associate Professor of Anthropology,
University of California, Irvine, & Lissa’s co-creator. She is also the Series Editor for University of Toronto Press’ ethnoGRAPHIC series
Sherine Hamdy will discuss her move from medical anthropological research to working on creating a graphic novel, featuring women from extraordinarily different circumstances each facing a medical decision the other can’t understand. Lissa, which takes place against the backdrop of Egypt’s popular uprisings, is informed by Hamdy’s ethnographic research in Egypt on the vulnerabilities that expose people to kidney and liver disease, and the difficulties of accessing proper treatment. The work also draws on Coleman Nye’s research in the U.S. on the social and political calculus of managing genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer within a commercial healthcare system.
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“Symbolic and Material Boundary Drawing in the Syrian Refugee Crises: Excluding Muslim Men from Germany” with Dr. Gokce Yurdakul

We have an amazing lecture coming up!

“Symbolic and Material Boundary Drawing in the Syrian Refugee Crises: Excluding Muslim Men from Germany”
Dr. Gokce Yurdakul
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Department of Diversity and Social Conflict, Humboldt University
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
4:30-6:00pm
Kohlberg 228
Co-Organized by German Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies and Co-Sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Studies, Islamic Studies, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Copy of _Symbolic and Material Boundary Drawing in the Syrian Refugee Crisis_ excluding Muslim Men from Germany._